Preventative Dental Services

Services and Types of Cleaning That Keep Your Smile Healthy

Preventative Dental Services

Types of Cleaning

There are many benefits to regularly scheduled cleanings, ranging from preventing bad breath to early detection of a problem to maintaining your overall good physical health. Yes, a regular oral hygiene plan can do all of those things for you and your family! 

There are three basic types of procedures to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth, and treat the areas above and below the gum line. The type and frequency of procedure you need depends on your dentist’s diagnosis.

Prophy: Patients diagnosed with a healthy mouth condition receive a prophylaxis or healthy mouth cleaning — the kind that most insurance companies cover. This procedure removes plaque on the teeth and at the gum line. Treatment is required every 6 months and may include:

  • removing small deposits of plaque
  • tooth polishing
  • prescription-strength fluoride application
  • hygiene instructions

Full Mouth Debridement: Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, a reversible form of periodontal disease, typically require a full mouth debridement to remove build-up on the teeth so a full assessment can be conducted. Afterward, many patients return to a healthy mouth condition. Treatment may be limited to one time if regular dental appointments and home care are maintained following the procedure. Treatment may include:

  • removing plaque build-up
  • antimicrobial irrigation
  • hygiene instructions

Scaling & Root Planing (SRP): Patients diagnosed with active periodontal disease cannot benefit from a healthy mouth cleaning because they require treatment above and below the gum line. These patients generally receive SRP, a non-surgical treatment that removes build-up, smooths out exposed root surfaces and may include the application of localized antibiotics and fluoride as well. SRP often takes several visits to complete and ongoing periodontal maintenance is prescribed at regular intervals afterward. Treatment may be limited to one time but typically is performed in phases in multiple visits. Treatment may include:

  • removal of bacterial plaque & calculus above & below the gum line
  • localized antibiotics
  • smoothing root surfaces
  • antimicrobial irrigation
  • desensitizer application
  • prescription-strength fluoride application
  • hygiene instructions

Digital X-Rays

Advanced, state of the art digital imaging systems allow for high resolution x-rays of your teeth. This allows Dr. Tyler Glaser to best care for your dental health. Secure digital information allows for easy communication to specialty care when required and lets you and the doctor easily discuss changes to your teeth.

Glaser Dental uses X-ray equipment manufactured by Dexis. Dexis provides imaging tools that allow Dr. Tyler to select the right image for the patient's specific needs and the radiation safety principle of ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable). Our Dexis dental imaging equipment reduces soft X-rays which are most harmful to sensitive tissues and can reduce the radiation for an intra-oral image by more than 50% compared to film X-rays.

The Dexis digital sensor also provides clinical benefits while supporting the ALARA principles on the use of radiography:

  • X-rays are an established and essential part of every dental clinical practice
  • Intra-oral X-rays provide valuable information that allows Dr. Tyler to better evaluate what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums
  • Intra-oral X-rays assist in precise diagnosis and treatment plans with the goal of better clinical outcomes
  • It is Dr. Tyler that will make a decision, based on clinical evaluation, as to whether intra-oral X-rays are warranted and consistent with ALARA principles

Relative radiation doses:
–A digital sensor is BW/PA is 0.004 – 0.006 mSv (50 – 75% less than equivalent D-speed film image)
–A round-trip flight from London to LA is is BW/PA is 0.16 mSv, equal to 10 panoramic X-rays

Click for more information about The Safety of Dental X-rays provided by the ADA.


Sealants are an easy way to help prevent tooth decay for children and adults. With a simple application that takes only minutes per tooth, sealants are a painted on plastic material that is applied to the grooves of molars and premolars as a barrier between plaque and food and the enamel of teeth. This proactive step can help your teeth stay healthy.

For more information on the benefits of sealants visit the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website.

Call 715-359-4344 to keep your smile healthy or Make An Appointment online.